'Roots Student Ministry' Tagged Posts

'Roots Student Ministry' Tagged Posts

FEBRUARY 9, 2024

Dear Friends, Last night, as we met for dinner for our men’s First Tuesday gathering, I was talking with Curtis Thomas about his upcoming Romans study, which will start a week from Sunday.  If you need more details or you’re interested in being part of the study, contact Curtis and let him know.  His email address is c-b.thomas@sbcglobal.net.     This study is is for believers and unbelievers alike.  It’s something Curtis has done over and over again for decades, taking hundreds of people…

JANUARY 31, 2024

Dear Friends, This weekend is a big weekend for our students.    The D-Now weekend is an opportunity for students to work together, have fun together and grow together spiritually.  I hope you’ll be praying for these young people, Pastor Cole and our Roots volunteers. It’s interesting to me that we know nothing about Jesus when he was a teenager.  The only glimpse we have of Jesus between the time when He was a baby until He began His ministry as a…

JANUARY 3, 2024

Dear Friends, I wonder if you think about your life the way the Apostle Paul thought about his. I was struck this week by a passage in Acts 20 where the Apostle is saying goodbye to his beloved friends and fellow church leaders in Ephesus.  Paul had been in the city for more between 2-3 years.  He had seen the church he planted take root and blossom.  Now he sensed God’s call to go to Jerusalem and to be there in time…

DECEMBER 20, 2023

Dear Friends, This is the last e-newsletter you’ll get from me in 2023.  Next week, like many of you, I’ll be enjoying some family time. Of course this weekend, our focus will be on the birth of Jesus as we gather for worship Sunday morning and Sunday evening.  But with 2024 now just 11 days away, I want to take this opportunity to turn your attention to the new year and any resolutions you might be considering. For a decade now, I’ve had the…

NOVEMBER 15, 2023

Dear Friends, When you think about gratefulness or giving thanks, what Bible verses come to mind?  With Thanksgiving coming up next week, that’s a good question to ponder.  Before you read any further, take a time out here and answer that question out loud.  What verses or passages come to mind? I asked some friends that question years ago, and I imagine their answers and yours are not far apart. Most of them went straight to the Psalms, where over and over again we are…

OCTOBER 25, 2023

Dear Friends, My wife and I have found ourselves pretty regularly reminding ourselves in recent years that most of the problems we face are first world problems. You know the kinds of things I’m talking about, right? The package from Amazon doesn’t arrive on time, as promised. The movie you’re trying to stream keeps buffering. The service at the restaurant was so slow! You had to go to a second grocery store to get your extra crunchy peanut butter because the first store was out. Think about…

OCTOBER 18, 2023

Dear Friends, This week, I’m passing along something I read online.  It’s a Facebook post written by Greg Stier, the founder of Dare2Share, an evangelistic outreach aimed primarily at teens and young adults. Greg posted about parenting, and I thought “I can relate.”   I think his counsel is wise.  Here’s what he wrote: Early on in our marriage my wife and I took one of those raising children courses that promised certain outcomes if certain principles were consistently followed.  We did our best to…

SEPTEMBER 20, 2023

Dear Friends, Human beings are religious people.  It’s not a question of whether you worship a deity or not.  It’s only a question of which deity you choose to worship. Novelist David Foster Wallace made this point in a 2005 commencement address to the graduating class at Kenyon College.  Before the phrase “go viral” was applied to online content, his address achieved that status.  Here’s part of what he told his audience as they sat waiting to receive their diplomas.  “In the day-to-day trenches of…

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

Dear Friends, I’m pretty sure I spend more time reading these days than I did 10 or 15 years ago.  Some of that is a function of my season of life.  There is more time available once your children are gone.  And over the past couple of years, I’ve had increased flexibility in my schedule that has given me more available time to read.  So I do. But I’m also pretty sure I’m now reading fewer books than I used to read. …

SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

Dear Friends, I have spent this week being reminded of how great a gift music is.  God has created us to be people who worship Him.  And He gave us music as a way to engage our hearts and minds in expressing our love and devotion for Him.  Along with others form our worship team at Redeemer, I’ve been in Nashville with more than 6,000 people thinking about how music is also a tool we use for fulfilling the Great Commission.  You’ve probably…

AUGUST 23, 2023

Dear Friends, Many times people are concerned with if the church is heading in the right direction and who is in charge of the church. Those questions arise from time to time and it is always good to go back to Scripture and be reminded of what is really true about the church.  One of the things that makes Redeemer so beautiful to me is knowing that this is how Jesus sees us as a body: beautiful! Because we are individually…

AUGUST 16, 2023

Dear Friends,  Please keep your thoughts and prayers with those on the island of Maui as they manage the devastation from the wildfires. I am sure it is a very trying time for everyone dealing with such pain and loss, especially those those who have lost loved ones. This has become deadliest natural disaster in modern U.S. history. Pray for God’s comfort to visit those who have been afflicted with such pain. Pray for the church there in Maui to care for those individuals…

AUGUST 10, 2023

Dear Friends,  As I sit here and am thinking about you, I wonder, do you wonder? Do you wonder at the Gospel and Jesus’ great love for you, His people? Are you in awe that God would allow you to be part of his kingdom and what he doing in the world?  It made me think of Paul Tripp’s book from almost 10 years ago, Awe. It reminds me that we are not to worship created things even if we deeply enjoy…

JULY 26, 2023

Dear Friends,  Ever wonder what real community is about? Ever heard the word koinonia and wondered what the heck people were talking about? If you are anything like me you might have in the past or even today wondered what the New Testament really teaches about it. I know in my early days as a new believer, I didn’t have a clue as to what God intended for me to know and to be shaped by and for.The word koinonia…

JULY 19, 2023

Hi everyone! In many of our Christian circles, we have all probably heard the phrase “established church”. “Oh! That church on that side of town is great. It’s an ESTABLISHED church.” Have you ever wondered what people meant by using this phrase to describe a church? What does the church in question have to be or have to have in order to be considered “established”? Does it need to have engaging preaching? Dynamic worship? Thriving small groups? Does it need…

JULY 12, 2023

Hi all! Many of you might have wondered, after I shared this past Sunday about growing up with pseudo faith, how I actually came to real faith in Jesus. If you grew up like me (which you probably didn’t do particularly, but maybe more so generally), you had no idea who Jesus was or how much God really loved you. I went to church most Sundays, was very involved in serving and then helping lead our youth group. But I was…

JUNE 28, 2023

Dear Friends, I sat across the table from Pastor Tommy Nelson who has for years served as the Pastor at Denton Bible Church as he told me about the day his body shut down. He was still breathing.  He could still see and hear everything that was happening around him.  He simply couldn’t respond.  Couldn’t move.  When his wife spoke to him, he could hear her questions just fine.  And he had answers.  But his mouth wouldn’t work. All signs pointed to a…

JUNE 14, 2023

Dear Friends, Some of you have asked about our recent trip to Israel.  There were 32 of us who traveled together for seven days seeing amazing sites and thinking together about the events that happened thousands of years ago in the exact spots where we were standing.  As I’ve told people many times, visiting Israel changes how you read your Bible.  When you’ve been on a boat on the Sea of Galilee and stood along the banks of the Jordan…

JUNE 7, 2023

Dear Friends, It was in early June, about five years ago, when I first realized that Pride Month had become a thing.  Mary Ann and I were in Plano Texas where we were attending a weekend marriage conference.  We had arrived a day ahead of the event, and our hotel was adjacent to a nearby shopping and entertainment venue.  So we decided to stroll through the area and find a place for dinner. It seemed that every shop in the area had…

MAY 24, 2023

Dear Friends, Have you ever stopped to think about what you’re really praying when you pray “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors?” You might want to pause for a minute and ask yourself if you really want to pray that familiar petition from the Lord’s Prayer.  When you do, you’re asking God to forgive you in the same way that you forgive everyone who has sinned against you. Augustine called this “the terrible petition.”  He said if we pray this…